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General Petroleum Building frame
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Designed in the Late Moderne style of the postwar period, with ceramic veneer exterior by Gladding, McBean & Co., the General Petroleum Building was built for $8,000,000 and was one of the first skyscrapers to employ a modular system throughout the entire structure. Aluminum fin sunshades from 3rd to 13th floor. Wurdeman & Becket also designed all interior details including furnishings, color schemes & fixtures. It was built between 1947-1949.
Photograph caption dated November 17, 1947 reads, "The sign reads, "Our sincere apologies to our neighbors for the unavoidable annoyance this hammering must occasion." Construction leaders said the noise will soon be ended - perhaps by Thanksgiving."
1 photographic print :b&w ;24 x 19 cm. on sheet 26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 97.
General Petroleum Building (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Building construction--California--Los Angeles
Signs and signboards--California--Los Angeles
Framing (Building)--California--Los Angeles
Building sites--California--Los Angeles
Office buildings--California--Los Angeles
Streets--California--Los Angeles
Wilshire Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Wurdeman, Walter C
Becket, Welton

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